I am Assistant Professor at the Department of Communication at the University of California, San Diego.
I am also an affiliate faculty at The Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies (CILAS), The Center for U.S-Mexican Studies, the Studio for Tactical Ethnography, The Chicano/a Latino/a Arts and Humanities Program and the International Institute.
My research uses a political ecology approach and ethnographic perspective to understand the relations between tourism, space and capitalism and it is based on contemporary Southern Mexico. I work across the fields of social and urban anthropology, critical geography, development and tourism studies.
I am currently writing a book tentatively titled “White Sand, Brown Bodies, and Pink Flamingos: Tourism Landscapes of Contemporary Yucatan”. This manuscript examines the socio-spatial and economic restructuring brought about by the implementation of tourism as a state development tool in the Mexican Yucatan Peninsula since the mid 1970s. The manuscript builds on extensive ethnographic research on mainstream and alternative forms of tourism development in the region and it is informed by multi-sited, global and mobile ethnography approaches.
These last two years I have organized two interdisciplinary Faculty and Graduate Working Groups on Cities, Space and Politics (2017-18) and Nature, Space and Politics (2018-19) as part of the International Institute here at UC San Diego where I am also a member of the 2018-19 Sawyer Seminar: Claiming the City: urban citizenship, hybrid cultures, & governance in the current era.